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The Level 3 Diploma in Music (Performance) course is suitable for all instrumentalists or vocalists who have some proficiency and a passion to develop as a performer. The course broadens students' experience and skills in solo and ensemble performing and includes workshops in improvisation and other techniques associated with live performance. Any musical style is suitable to perform, and the course includes training in listening and critical review. Confidence in some form of musical literacy skills is helpful although not essential. Students should be creative and willing to be involved with the musical activities of the Department. Specialist units include, for example, the Sound and Music Industry which will give students a good grounding in the inner workings of the Music business (including its struture, how to get freelance work and record deals).
What goes well with this course?
This course is the equivalent to 2 A Levels and so students are encouraged to combine it with other Performing Arts courses but it can be combined with almost any other subject. In the past students have also studied:
- Performing Arts
- Theatre Studies & Drama
- Media Studies
- Film Studies
- Business Studies
This course is for any instrumentalist or singer who wishes to develop their performing skills to a high level, perhaps with a view to a career in the music industry. The qualification is now widely recognised by Higher Education establishments offering degree, diploma and professional training programmes.
This course covers:
- Solo music performance skills
- Ensemble work
- Listening skills
- Vocal and instrumental techniques
- Music promotion, distribution and the working life of the professional performer
- Musical style and context through presentation and delivery
Students will have the opportunity to develop general skills, as well as sharing their musical interests with other specialist musicians.
Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences
The Department organises a variety of trips which include visits to: Perfomance Showcases, SoundExpo Show, and presentations by guest speakers and performers from the industry.
Students have the opportunity to take part in two performances in music venues outside of College.
The course is assessed by 100% coursework, including portfolios, journals, audio and video evidence, presentations, accounts and evaluations.
The exam board for this Level 3 Diploma is Pearson BTEC.
4 grades A* - C at GCSE plus English minimum Grade 3 and Maths minimum Grade 2 or equivalent qualifications (a Merit or higher at BTEC Level 2 in the same subject is accepted as part of the 4 A* - C GCSEs).
Students will be invited to attend an audition and interview with the Music staff after applying to follow the course. This will be an opportunity for students to present some of their performances and learn about how the course will develop their potential.
Students will do well on the course if they are:
- Natural performers – perhaps already in a band
- Fascinated by the workings of the music world in general
- Team players
- Keen to develop their instrumental or vocal skills to a high level
Students should be enthusiastic performers, creative improvisers, active listeners, possess good personal organisation skills and have high levels of commitment.
How to Apply
Applications for entry September 2017
The application form for the academic year 2017-2018 is available to download here.
Students should return their completed forms directly to Coulsdon College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according to the College's Admissions Policy Admissions Policy.
Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.
Download Course Leaflet
Download the BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate/Diploma in Music (Performance) information leaflet.